Events & activities

To find Events and Activities at the Kansas City Public Library:

  • Use the main menu under Events & Activities (above)
  • Select a date on the calendar (left)
  • Select your preferences in the "Check out Library events" dropdown menus (left).
  • Scroll down to see Special Events below.

If you require ADA accomodation to utilize Library services or attend events, please notify the Library office at least 48 hours in advance at 816.701.3400.

Special Events

Saturday, February 21, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with iconic African American writer Zora Neale Hurston as portrayed by Carmaletta Williams.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Celebrate the Irish in everyone with a performance by Kansas City’s O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance, which has offered classes for children and adults of all levels and backgrounds for more than 20 years. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Those still standing after division competition in the expanded Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee face off for the bee championship. The winner moves on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Pigs Ahoy!  by David McPhail
Saturday, March 7, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
In conjunction with the Library's Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, January 24, 2015
As mayor of Kansas City and as a prolific amateur photographer, Richard Berkley knew both sides of the camera lens. This new  exhibit features dozens of shots from his personal collection, some taken by him, others featuring him with local, national and international luminaries.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.